• Josh Wartel

    Do You Remember Today?

    “Happy Death Day” and the “Time Loop” Film Genre

    October 11, 2017
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    It begins with waking up. Your very first thought is how to make it stop. But the alarm keeps going. You have no choice but to get out of bed, even though what awaits you is the same as yesterday. The same weather, the same family, the same friends, the same school, the same songs […]

    What doesn’t kill you, makes you older

    the terror of “it”

    September 14, 2017
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    The kids are not all right, can’t you see? Posters are everywhere in the town, so many, that the latest pleas for information cover up the faces that have vanished only a few months ago. There are whispers abound that Derry, Maine, has been cursed by God or by some ancient, supernatural force stretching all […]

    An Abundance of Ivy

    Accepting a different university

    April 20, 2017
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    As the weather warms up, a favorite American hero returns: the student accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. This year there are at least three new members of America’s most exclusive college club: Martin Altenburg of Fargo, North Dakota; Ivan Vazquez, from Boise, Idaho; and Ifeoma White-Thorpe, from Rockaway, New Jersey. All three have […]

    The Comeback King

    the myth of Tom Brady

    February 16, 2017
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    Sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. Standard Central Time, after all the confetti had fallen to the field and while ESPN analysts were still breathlessly breaking down the New England Patriots’ 34-28 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons, someone stole quarterback Tom Brady’s jersey from the Patriots’ locker room. This crime is not without clear […]

    You’ll Never Walk Alone

    Scenes from the Women’s March on Washington

    February 2, 2017
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    They came from Houston and upstate Michigan, from Greensboro, North Carolina, and Brooklyn. A group of young girls carried a giant banner representing hundreds more people from Kentucky, and a parade of women from New Mexico passed by in yellow sashes. A local TV reporter searched for anyone from Indiana, and I met a trio […]